Seven Oaks Reader, The
Award-winning nonfiction writer Myrna Kostash is the author of 10 books, including All of Baba’s Children and The Doomed Bridegroom. In 2010, she received the Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award for A Writing Life.
The rivalry between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company for fur trade control in Canada came to an explosive climax on June 19, 1816, at the Battle of Seven Oaks. Indigenous allies of the NWC confronted armed colonists of the HBC’s settlement near today’s Winnipeg; the battle proved formative for Métis self-determination and became a legacy for future settlers. The Seven Oaks Reader incorporates period accounts and journals, histories, memoirs, songs and fictional retellings, offering an engaging and exciting way into still-controversial historical events.
Praise for The Seven Oaks Reader:
"Myrna Kostash provides a robust history of the Battle of Seven Oaks from a diverse range of perspectives, relying on primary and secondary sources, as well as original interviews with contemporary scholars. The Seven Oaks Reader includes all of the most relevant details about the events, accounts, and controversies that stem from Seven Oaks, and is accessible to scholars, students, and the public in general. "
~ Adam Gaudry, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, University of Saskatchewan
"In 1816 the Metis poet Pierre Falcon memorialized the Battle of Seven Oaks in a provocative Michif ballad. Two hundred years later Myrna Kostash offers us this beautifully detailed reader of facts and varied, often contradictory, opinions about the tragic event. "
~ Rudy Wiebe, author of Where The Truth Lies